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Learn more about the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (Paul V. Galvin Library Digital History Collection, Illinois Institute of Technology) or Erik Larsen's book The Devil and the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (New York: Vintage, 2004). Read first-hand accounts of the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in A Chorus of Faith as Heard in the World Parliament of Religions by Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Chicago: Unity Publishing Company, 1893) or The World's Parliament of Religions: An Illustrated and Popular Story of the World's First Parliament of Religions, Held in Chicago in Connection with the Columbian Exposition of 1893, edited by John Henry Barrows (Chicago: The Parliament Publishing Company, 1893). Find out more about the life and work of Jenkin Lloyd Jones in Heralds of a Liberal Faith and the The Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography.
The contemporary Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions has convened a parliament every five years since 1993 in a major international city (Chicago, 1993; Cape Town, 1999; Barcelona, 2004; and Melbourne, 2009). Learn online about the council's mission and ongoing activities.
In 2005, Unitarian Universalist congregations partnered with the Interfaith Alliance to form Leadership Education Advancing Democracy and Diversity (LEADD). The organization brings interfaith high school students together to explore the history of religious liberty, discuss current issues of church and state, and share personal beliefs. Leaders of LEADD presented about their program at General Assembly 2009.
Find resources for religious pluralism at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, a group started by students with Professor Diana Eck.
In 1993, Samuel Huntington, a professor at Harvard University, wrote an essay on what he called "The Clash of Civilizations."